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r lewis


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PostPosted: July 10, 2011 11:48 AM 

This is very exciting. We are definately within a matter of weeks of approaching Cape York.

I can't help but be amazed at the value of these little rovers. At a toal price tag of $800 million for both rovers, this has got to be the best investment in the history of the space program. I would love to see more rover missions use the MER rover design over and over again. MSL is cool, but at more that $2 billion, you could have sent 6 MER rovers for the same price of one MSL. That would be 6 different regions to investigate instead of just one.

Ben


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PostPosted: July 10, 2011 12:55 PM 

r lewis; You are making an excellent point.
Six MERs that work would seem more prudent than one MSL that hasn't been tested !!!!

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 10, 2011 1:30 PM 

Upper right: a "micro-channel" on bedrock? Or at least a linear segment that has somehow been cleared of soil and berries.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 10, 2011 6:29 PM 

sol 2651 ( Jul 9, 2011 ) 3D saturated false color of Milos:

with location link.

And here is the L1 27x1 360 degree pan of this area.

The sol 2652 drive should be underway now. I suspect this will be a 165 meter drive that will end near an interesting 8 meter dark area.

No official maps have been posted since sol 2638 ( Jun 28, 2011 ). I wonder why not?

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 11, 2011 10:23 AM 

Here is the sol 2652 ( Jul 11, 2011 ) guestimated map position after a guestimated 154 meter drive. This is the third guess in a row so the guess has almost no chance of being correct. Why isn't the official MER site "keeping up"?

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 11, 2011 3:43 PM 

[link]

Monthly Planetary Society update.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 12, 2011 9:28 AM 

sol 2652 ( Jul 11, 2011 ) 4X vertical stretch of Cape York:

with location links.

The two largest bumps are 1.2 degrees apart - entirely consistent with the separation of the "peaks" of Cape York. The small crater rim would be about 2.6 degrees wide from this position.

Also note that there is no exposed "bright" bedrock" on the bumps that is typical of the rims of craters.

Kye Goodwin


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PostPosted: July 12, 2011 11:34 AM 

Also note the difference in the fainter far horizon beyond Endeavour in these images taken on sols 2649 and 2652:

In the second image a new distant bump has appeared on the horizon between the big distant hill and the darker bumps. Also more of the crater on the distant hill has become visible. We are already starting to see more of the interior of Endeavour as the ground ahead now slopes slightly downward to the rim.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 12, 2011 1:10 PM 

Land Ho! is the new topic for the journey to Endeavour.

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